March Madness Interview: Raebeth

RaeBeth McGee-Buda

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RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987, the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee. RaeBeth grew up with a passion for reading and writing poetry, as well as short stories. Her childhood dream was to become a teacher.

Rae Beth’s dream of writing was created in her eleventh-grade literature class where writing became her passion.

RaeBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small West Virginia town of Farmington. RaeBeth is a full-time mother of one beautiful little girl, an angel in heaven, and her rainbow baby son.

She graduated from American Intercontinental University in 2010 with her associates in Business Administration. She enjoys spending her time writing and feels that connecting with readers is her main goal. Her objective for her books is to inspire and give hope. She is a Christian author, who firmly believes in God and incorporates her faith into some of her work.

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Interview with Raebeth!

 

What advice would you give someone who is wanting to step foot into the writing world?

– Personally, I recommend seeking out a reliable editor, book formatter, and  cover designer. These are very important parts that we don’t want to skip out on. A well put together book will go far.

 

What is the hardest part about being an author?

– I believe the hardest part about being an author is becoming an established author. However, we must remember the WHY to the reasons for the writing. If we focus more on how many “followers” we have on a given media site or how many “reviews” our books have, then we will be aiming to please the want for more instead of focusing on what matters, which is writing.

 

What has been the happiest moment so far for you in your journey through being an author?

– The happiest moment so far in my journey was when I was selected for three awards for my daughters book, Saying Goodbye without Saying Hello. This book was written to raise awareness of pregnancy and infant loss. As well as, telling the world that my daughter did exist. This book was directly from my heart and I poured my soul into the pages.  After learning that her book had touched so many lives, I couldn’t have been happier.

 

What is a question you’ve always wanted to be asked during an interview but never have been?

          Honestly, I don’t know. I welcome each question as honestly as I can providing it’s within reason.

 

What can we expect from you in the next year?

          At this time I am focusing on two different books. One is a paranormal romance called Forbidden Destiny which is wayyy out of the normal for me.  However, I’m having a blast writing it. The second one is a contemporary Christian read called Losing Hope. Readers can find out more about these books by looking me up on Facebook and following the page. I’ll be revealing more information as time passes and each book is finished.

If you were to take a vacation anywhere in the world (Family can come too) where would you go?

          My family and I would love to take a trip to the beach. This has been something that each one of us have talked about, however, circumstances have prevented us from achieving this goal. I’d rather do something I can repeatedly return to instead of a one time opportunity. This way we can make memories for years to come.

What are 3 things we can always find in your grocery basket?

          Coffee, Cereal, and Pepsi

Are any of the characters in your book based on real people you know?

          Most certainly. Each book I’ve written that has characters in it have been based upon those around me. For an example, Amber from Silenced is based upon a friend of mine who I met through an online game called Fiesta. She traveled across the country to attend my wedding and when I saw her, I knew right away she was the face of Amber.

What is your morning routine like?

          I wake up around 6:45 in the morning to get my daughter off to school. Around 8ish, my daughter heads off to school and I get my son ready for his day. (Breakfast, fresh diapers, dressed, etc.) Once he’s done, I grab a cup of coffee,  check my social media , read emails, and plan my day.  By 11ish, my son’s speech therapist shows (depending on which day of the week it is). If she’s not scheduled to come, I clean up the house and prepare for an afternoon of writing.

How long does it take you to write a book?

          It honestly depends on what book it is. For example, it took me a few months to write Saying Goodbye Without Saying Hello. However, I have been working on Forbidden Destiny since 2012.

 

Are you a morning, afternoon, night writer?

          I’m an all day writer. Every chance I get, I sit down and type out some words on the screen, especially during nap time. It’s a bit challenging to write when taking care of two of my children full time. Therefore, any opportunity I have to write… I’m on it!

 

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

          The idea’s come from all sorts of places. Small tid bits in other books or movies will spark an idea. I’ve had some dreams turn into books. Some come up in general conversation.

When did you write your first book (doesn’t have to be published) and how old were you?

          The very first book I wrote was titled, The Miracle. It was about this young lady who was part of an “escort service” and ended up being held captive while being raped. When she was free, she found out she was pregnant. From that point on she had the internal battle on whether or not she should have an abortion.  I’m in the process of rewriting it. When I wrote this, I was 17 and it is unpublished at this time. Most tend to believe that Silenced was my first book. While this is true when it comes to publication, The Miracle was my first actual novel ever.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

          I really enjoy being with my children. They are such a joy and I love spending time with them. Wait.. whom I kidding.. haha… I love my kids but I LOVE taking time for me. That’s by doing crafts for my books, coloring in adult coloring books, photography, or basically anything that brings my soul joy.

What does your family think about your writing?

          My husband is SUPER supportive. He is the person who sits and runs ideas with me. I know I can count on him for a beta read. He’s always ready to help me with the costs of publication or promo.  Next, is my daughter. She’s always been rather supportive of my work, especially with Forbidden Destiny. She constantly asks me when it’ll be finished because she can’t wait to read it in its completed form.  Therefore, my immediate support lives with me and I love it.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

          I CAN hit deadlines. I tested myself with my book, The Gracious Wife. This was the first book out of five that I set a release date. I worked my butt off to hit the deadline.  I plan to do this more in the future because it was so empowering to me as an author.

As a child what did you want to be growing up?

          A teacher. I used to line my stuffed animals and baby dolls up like they were sitting at desks in the classroom. Then, I would teach them from the papers I did in school. This helped me with my studies and I prepared for tests this way.

Where are you from?

          I was born in Uniontown, PA. However, I have called many places home. As of today, I call the small West Virginia town of Fairview home.

What is your favorite thing about where you live now?

          Oh my gosh, what don’t I love?  My house isn’t in the isolated woods, but we are surrounded by many trees in the bottom of a holler. I know most of my neighbors and we talk. I absolutely love the fact that my closest neighbors are very friendly and caring, which carries on throughout the area. In all honestly, this town is a community out of a book. It’s awesome!  

What was something you loved doing during the summer growing up?

          I grew up in the town of Bobtown, PA. This is a small coal town that is in a country setting. I absolutely loved when all the kids in town gathered around to play “man hunt”. For those who don’t know what this is… it’s hide and seek at dark with flash lights. The memories I made during these nights will last me a lifetime.

What is something you love doing during the winter now?

          I love cuddling up on the couch with a fresh cup of coffee while reading a book.  When we get a decent amount of snow, I love taking my camera in the woods to take nature pictures.

 

Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?

          Silenced & The Overtaking: Yes, just because one suffers from depression and chooses to self harm, they are not alone. Of course, we have services here but God will always be there to help them through. All they have to do is ask.

          Saying Goodbye: Stillbirth happens and those who it happens to… you’re not alone.

          Stumbling toward Gratitude: Life is so much more enjoyable when we focus on the good instead of the bad.

          The Gracious Wife: Being a woman of God, we should strive to put Him first and our husband second, while doing our godly requirements as a wife.

Are experiences and events in your book based on your own life?

          Of course! Especially with the non-fiction works.  The story of Amber in Silenced reveals several entries to my journal I had as a teen.

Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative. Tell us about your first job, the inspiration for your writing, any fun details that would enliven your page.

1. I have major anxiety and panic attacks are a daily occurrence.

2. For my first job, I was the dishwasher at the truck stop in Mt. Morris, PA.

3. I have only ever been in two serious relationships in my life. I married the second.

How do you deal with Writers block?

          When I come across writers block, I work on another work in progress. This is why you’ll find about nine unfinished books on my thumb drive. Each one has been added to lately and I have a hard time within figuring out which one to work on.

What is your favorite marketing tool when spreading the word about your work?

          I mainly use social media, but I LOVE when people spread the word by mouth. Nothing is greater than hearing that someone read my book because their friend told them to.

If you weren’t an author what do you think you would be doing?

          I would be a massage therapist and nail tech. This is what I was enrolled in school for back in 2006 when I became pregnant with my first child.

Can we have an excerpt from one of your favorite books you’ve written?

          Sure, this is from Forbidden Destiny. You can check out the cover (Revealed on the 17th of Feb) on my Facebook page. 🙂 I hope you enjoy.

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More fun facts about Raebeth!

 

My Top 10 Favorite Songs

  1. Oceans by Hillsong United
  2. Revelation by Kari Jobe
  3. Just Be Held by Casting Crowns
  4. This is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickman
  5. How He Loves by Flyleaf
  6. Worth Dying For by Higher
  7. Jesus Freak by DC Talk
  8. Different Drum by Blanca
  9. You Are My All in All by Hillsong United
  10. Mercy Tree by Lacey Sturm

Favorite Movie

I love all the Transformers movies!!

Favorite TV Shows

  1. Big Bang Theory
  2. Law and Order: SVU
  3. NCIS
  4. Any home improvement shows on HGTV.

 

My Favorite Books

  • The Holy Bible
  • Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman
  • Let’s All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs

Person that you would most want to meet and have dinner with and why?

This one is a hard one because there are several authors who I admire for their work and their faith. I would have to say that I’d pick Emily P. Freeman because we are so much alike. I’d love to sit on our Tuesday bench over coffee and talk with her. She’s an inspiration to be the person God called her to be and she brings light to this in her book, “Simply Tuesday”.

 

 

 

 

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